The Dodgers opened a weekend series against the San Diego Padres tonight. The big question on everyone’s mind wasn’t “How will the Dodgers’ offense do?” Nope, we were all wondering what ridiculous getup the Padres would try to push-off as a baseball uniform.
A: They threw us all for a loop and wore legitimate friar brown and gold.
We”ll jump right to the action.
Scott Kazmir in trouble. Bases loaded, but two out.
Kazmir was not looking like he was in control.
Base hit Padres. Score San Diego pitcher Christian Freidrich’s first two career RBIs. 2-0
It was only the second inning, but the Dodgers were seriously looking at the bullpen phone.
On the 36th pitch of the inning, Kazmir walked the bases loaded again.
He struck out the Padres’ big-bearded catcher to end the inning.
3rd inning Padres 2-0 (and dang lucky it’s not 4-0)
Leadoff Dodgers Double from Enrique Hernandez.
Corey Seager hit a double over the head of the scarecrow the Padres propped up in RF to replace Matt Kemp.
Score Kiké. Dodgers down 2-1
And then Puig happened!
Puig turned on the jets and went all the way home in no time flat, beating the throw by a mile. 2-2
A.J. Ellis got a base hit to move Grandal to third.
Kiké walked to load the bases for Justin Turner.
They brought in a new pitcher, Villanueva, for JT.
Nothing but nothing happened for the Dodgers.
Meanwhile Kazmir gave up his fifth walk in only three innings.
No runs, no hits.
5th inning Score tied 2-2
Trayce Thompson leadoff single.
And then Puig went BOOM!
2-run blast. Dodgers 4-2
Kazmir would have none of this Dodgers’ lead business.
He immediately gave up a homer to Norris. 4-3
6th inning Dodgers 4-3
Like I said, Kazmir wanted nothing to do with a lead. He gave up a two-run homer. Padres 5-4
8th inning Padres 5-4
JT with a two-run, get off the floor homer! Dodgers retook the lead! 6-5
8th inning Dodgers 6-5
Pedro Baez in.
Kenley Jansen warming up, just in case.
The Padres brought in Matt Kemp to pinch hit. Baez got him!
With a man on second and two out, the skipper went to Kenley.
Jansen threw a masterful three-pitch strike out.
9th inning Dodgers 6-5
Chase Utley waved off Joc Pederson on a bloop fly, only to fall backward and miss it.
Then Melvin upton Jr. let loose with a two run, walk off, home run to beat the Dodgers 7-6.
Dodgers lose 7-6
The box score will show a blown save for Kenley Jansen, but that in no way tells the story of this game. What happened was Scott Kazmir suffered from “Stripling-itis”. No matter how many runs the Dodgers gave him in support, he kept giving them right back to San Diego.
The positives were the Dodgers just kept battling. They did not deflate no matter how many times Kazmir gave runs back. The game’s heroes were almost two of the Dodgers I have most maligned over the past week. Carl Crawford and JT combined to form those go ahead runs on Turner’s home run.
That said, the Dodgers are starting to look snakebit, and one win here and one win there are not going to change things if they keep losing series’, and start to really drop in the standings.
Scott Kazmir went 5 2/3 innings with 3 hits, 5 runs, 7 walks, 5 Ks and 2 home runs. ERA 5.23
Home runs: Puig, Turner
Doubles: Hernandez, Seager, Grandal
Team with RISP 2 for 8 SOS